Scott’s top inspector told about cover-up
TALLAHASSEE — A widening scandal focusing on the treatment of Florida prison inmates includes new allegations that Gov. Rick Scott’s own top watchdog was warned about the possible cover-up of two suspicious prison deaths but did not do anything.
The Miami Herald reported Friday that the governor’s chief inspector general received an anonymous letter in Oct. 2012 that included details about prisoners who had died while in state custody.
Miguel works directly for Scott, but so far the governor has not said anything about the scandal, which has led to the firings of prison employees. The questions surrounding the prison system’s handling of the cases has resulted in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement being placed in charge of investigating 82 cases in which prison inmates died from non-natural causes.